First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Does Your AC Need Repairs or a Replacement?

Monday, May 16th, 2022

We understand that the last thing you want to hear right now is that your air conditioner is in need of replacement. With supply chain problems, inflation, and job market problems, people are trying to hunker down and save money as much as possible–which is why hearing that there’s a huge investment on the horizon is never a good sign. Well, while we understand your frustration, we also want to tell you that investing in an air conditioning replacement in Albuquerque, NM could actually save you money down the line.

Think about it, we don’t just sell AC replacements because it’s fun. They’re a necessary upgrade when your old air conditioner just isn’t cutting it anymore. Repairs might work great while the system is still young and in pristine condition, but once it reaches a certain age, replacement is going to net you the most benefits in the long-term with efficiency, comfort, and stability.

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3 Tips to Prepare Your AC for Summer

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Springtime is here which means summer is right around the corner! It’s time to get those shorts out of the closet and get ready for some fun outdoor activities. That is, until we hit a day where temperatures are too hot and we end up staying indoors to get a break from the heat. When this happens, you’ll be depending on your air conditioner heavily.

Most homeowners prepare their air conditioners for the summertime. It’s why our maintenance services are so popular! One of the best things you can do for your air conditioner right now is schedule AC maintenance in Albuquerque, IL with our team.

Then, while you’re waiting for a professional to adjust and inspect your air conditioning system, you can follow the steps we’ve listed down below. These tips are meant to get your air conditioner ready for the hot temperatures that lie ahead!

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Why Do We Use Refrigerant and Not Water?

Monday, April 18th, 2022

This is not an uncommon question. Some people wonder why we do not use water to cool our homes but instead use a refrigerant. Your air conditioner works to cool your home without the use of water. In this process, your home is cooled efficiently and reliably. Let’s break down a few reasons why this is. More so, if you need air condition repair in Rio Rancho, NM, it’s best to contact a licensed technician to ensure the work is done properly because there is refrigerant, and not water, present.

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How That New Installation Went Wrong

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Why don’t you take a seat and grab that freshly brewed coffee? We need to talk about something that can be difficult to hear. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be a Debby Downer and start harping on what should have happened or what could have happened, instead, we’re solely interested in where to go from here. We’re remaining optimistic that homeowners can still make great decisions for their comfort even if they’ve come up against a serious problem.

We’re going to talk about botched installations. You might be absolutely frustrated with your neighbor’s attempt to provide air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM on your property. Or you’re just a little annoyed with the problems that have come from your family friend who tried to set you up with a nice AC.

Regardless of how you feel or where you are, let’s look towards the future. Today, we’ll discuss what exactly went wrong on that installation, and why professional service really is worth the price tag.

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What’s That Sound?

Monday, September 6th, 2021

If you’re up in the middle of the night searching for the cause of a strange noise, then you might find some insight in this blog. Wait for a few minutes after shutting your air conditioner down. If the noise is gone then it’s likely you’ve got a malfunctioning air conditioner.

The good news is that your home is not being invaded by malicious ghosts that wish to do you harm and fling your furniture around. However, the bad news is that you’re going to need air conditioning repair in Rio Rancho, NM. Depending on the noise and the situation you’re in, that could be anything from a small fix to a large repair need that costs a lot of money.

Either way, we’re here to help! Let’s talk about the different types of noises an air conditioner can make and what these sounds signify.

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Our New AC Installation Guide

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Getting a new AC installed can be quite the ordeal! First, you need to contact the right team of professionals to get the job done. Second, you should probably decide whether you want a heat pump or a central air conditioner. Third, you need to choose a budget and pick the model of air conditioner you want from that budget. This list goes on and on, and we’ve decided to help homeowners today by giving them a proper guide on selecting a new air conditioner.

If it feels overwhelming, or if you can tell the anxiety is starting to bubble up, then we’re also here to tell you not to worry. Our team can help anyone, no matter what step they are in the process of buying a new unit. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a veteran when it comes to air conditioning in Rio Rancho, we have your back.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of a Troubled AC

Monday, August 9th, 2021

It’s hot out and your air conditioner is running day and night to keep you cool. This is the story for not just Americans, but for our area in specific, as we see record-breaking temperatures, heatwaves, and other weather phenomena that cause us to rely on these systems. That’s okay! It’s what they’re built for.

However, an air conditioner is not built to sustain damage and keep running at peak performance. Just like any other piece of equipment—a car, a computer, or a television—an air conditioner requires repairs when it runs into trouble. We just see homeowners confused and wondering what to look for when this happens!

Well, if any of the following points sound like they’re describing your situation, then it’s a good idea to call us for air conditioning repair in Albuquerque, NM. Don’t worry, we won’t fix anything that’s not broken, so you’re safe calling us even when you’re unsure.

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Is Your AC Struggling to Shut Off?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

It’s hot here in New Mexico, which might make you think that your air conditioner is supposed to be running all day. While we use our AC systems as much as physically possible, they’re not actually supposed to keep running indefinitely until you switch them off. This is actually a very bad sign, and it will likely lead you down the path of an early system replacement.

Let’s think about this for a moment. If you’re invested in the quality and longevity of your AC, and you’d like to avoid air conditioning repairs in Albuquerque, NM, then you should want to run your system optimally. This means that your air conditioner should run for a normal amount of time, not too long, and not too short.

Let’s discuss why an air conditioner might struggle to turn off, and we’ll even tell you how long an air conditioner should run if it’s performing optimally.

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Why Choose an Evaporative Cooler?

Monday, June 28th, 2021

You might have heard the term “evaporative cooler” once or twice at the last friendly barbeque. Or, you might be an expert and you’re looking for some interesting facts about these unique systems. Regardless of where you come from, we want to talk about evaporative coolers because they’re such a powerful and unique piece of equipment that not enough homeowners take advantage of.

  • Are you looking for a unique, affordable, and efficient cooling system for your home? Check.
  • Are you looking for a powerful AC system that’s designed specifically for our climate? Check.
  • Do you want to learn more and explore your air conditioning options? Check.

If you’re nodding your head as you read through these points, then you’re in the right place. Let’s talk about what it takes to own a system like this, what evaporative cooler repair in Albuquerque, NM entails, and why you might consider calling us.

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What Does the R-22 Phase Out Mean for You?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Back in 2020, we talked a lot about the January phase-out of R-22. This was huge, because there were still so many air conditioners in our area and the rest of the United States that used Freon as the primary refrigerant. Sure, no manufacturers were making new systems, but plenty of innocent, unsuspecting homeowners were running into incredibly expensive repairs because of this problem.

So, we understand that 2020 and the first half of 2021 haven’t been even close to normal, but we think it’s time to return to that topic. If you’ve been looking at an air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM, or if you’re exploring options for AC repair, and you notice the term “R-410A” refrigerant, or the colloquial term “Puron,” then please keep reading!

We’ll discuss Freon, Puron, and what the January 2020 phase-out means for you and your family. Don’t worry, as long as you’ve got our number, you’ve got a trustworthy professional who can help.

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